“Rocky Mountain Retreat” is a Rare Look at Montana Ranch

July 07, 2007

The Summer 2007 issue of New Old House profiles renovations and additions to several structures at a remote Montana ranch and fishing retreat.  Based on a chapter in Russell Versaci’s “Creating a New Old House” (Taunton Press, 2003), author Logan Ward takes us through the design process in this ruggedly beautiful and sometimes inhospitable area, where it became clear that this was a project based on editing the existing pieces and responding appropriately to context.

Principal Bill Curtis remarked: “Russell and I are not troubled when a modest solution emerges.  We don’t have to do that clichéd response. If we’re going to do a log cabin, it doesn’t have to be 35,000 square feet.” The context was already so strong that “to be more demonstrative would have been out of place.”  Read the entire article and see rare photos of the property here.

Main Lodge interior via Old House Online